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Waiting for the RevolutionThe British Far Left from 1956$
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Evan Smith and Matthew Worley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526113658

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526113658.001.0001

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Revolutionary vanguard or agent provocateur

Revolutionary vanguard or agent provocateur

Students and the far left on English university campuses, c.1970–90

(p.11) 1 Revolutionary vanguard or agent provocateur
Waiting for the Revolution

Jodi Burkett

Manchester University Press

The far left were an important force on English University and Polytechnic campuses in the 1970s and 1980s but they did not control or direct student politics. By exploring the debates within the far left about students and the role of student activism this chapter sheds new light on the functioning of the far left within the student milieu. It also examines student politics in this period which, to date, have been under-researched. Many student political leaders in this period went on to important roles in mainstream politics. In exploring student politics we can, therefore, gain a greater understanding of British politics, society and culture in this period when Higher Education was changing rapidly and becoming increasingly open to the ‘masses’.

Keywords:   Student politics, National Union of Students (NUS), Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), International Marxist Group (IMG), International Socialists/Socialist Workers Party (IS/SWP), Universities, Polytechnics

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